Saturday, January 12, 2013

Our Next Stop: Big Sur and The River Inn!

MacWay Falls

So after a few days of exploring Yosemite, we then cut across the state and headed to the majestic coast of Big Sur, California, one of those seascape landscapes that can remain forever in your mind upon arrival. Now I understood why the first settlers fell in love with the enchanting land.  From Yosemite, the landscape transformed into an Oak-filled landscape that reached all the way to the sea where land and sea meet in a primitive but yet rhythmically transforming way. The scenic highway 1 offers many turnouts to enjoy the scenery in order to take photos of its beauty.  As we got closer to our destination, The River Inn, we seemed to stop at every turn in order to take that perfect photo of the stunning rocky landscape by the sea.

Pfeiffer Beach

Although Big Sur offers many lodging opportunities, for years our family tradition has been to stay at the historic River Inn,, a hidden jewel in Big Sur, strategically located on Highway 1 next to a beautiful river.  Perhaps, the small lodge attracts many tourists from all parts of the world because it has been around since 1888, which was then named the “Apple Pie Inn.”  I happen to love apple pie!  When we first discovered this place, it was during the summertime at midnight.  My wife and I were so tired that all I remember was checking in and waking up with a million dollar view!  From there, the rest was history!  


A hearty breakfast or a romantic dinner by the large fireplace was ideal to mend all your worries. If that isn’t enough, you can have lunch on the wooden lawn chairs by the river or directly on the river.  The simplicity of the inn allows you the luxury to do whatever you wish, from sitting at the bar or simply sitting on a bench with your significant other to enjoy a glass of wine.  For families, the inn also offers a heated pool and an outdoor barbecue.  It is also the perfect place for an unforgettable dream wedding. But for writers or those seeking to escape from it all, the inn offers the ultimate perk: privacy along with the serene sounds of the river—or better yet, a disconnection from civilization! As a frequent traveler, I have experienced many high-end resorts but the simplicity of this little inn is often hard to find. 

But the thing I love the most from the River Inn is that it is my central point in which I use to explore the many natural wonders around that area. You see, Big Sur is a photographer’s paradise and I indulge on the scenery.  The breathtaking coastal landscapes, such as Pfeiffer State Park, Pfeiffer Beach and Los Lobos State Park, are just some of the many places you can go to in order to absorb the best that nature has to offer.  If you don’t believe me, just enjoy these photos!

Enjoying MacWay Falls

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